my 5 week old kitten wont stop crying :(


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  • #44473
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    JenC519
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    Hello all… I took in a kitten that was living in my friends backyard with his mommy and brother and sister. The first night he cried for about 12 hours straight then fell asleep for 2 hours and cried some more. He is eating canned kitten food and im mixing warm kitten formula with it. its the second day and He is going to the bathroom in the litter box already. He crys when hes eating and he shakes too. Ive layed a big box on its side with soft blankets and 2 stuffed animals so he would feel safe but he will sleep for like 30 min and wake up and cry again. He hisses at me somtimes when i try to pick him up but once i start comforting him and petting him hes fine ( but he is still not purring). when i let him run around my apartment he finds somewhere to hide and cries. Im taking him to the vet in 2 days to get checked out. Is there anything i can do to comfort him until then because i need some sleep. any advice would be greatly apprciated!! thank you!! Jen

    #654986
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    ecbrown
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    Others will chime in who have had more experience than me. I’ve adopted older kittens. I bet he’s lonely and looking for his family. Two tips I’ve learned….You may want to start him out in one room then gradually expand his territory when he feels secure. Another thing, you may want to let him come to you when he feels ready for picking up/petting. We have had Emily for 5 months and she is just starting to enjoy some petting and is just starting to purr. So that could take a while. Great idea with the stuffed animals and blanket. Great, too, that you are taking him to the vet. Kittens very frequently have worms so the vet will probably do a stool sample check. Best of luck! We’d love to see photos!

    #654987
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    JenC519
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    he is 5 weeks old.. thanks for the advice… i will post some pics of yogi soon

    #654988
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    DuchessMom
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    I had a kitten who was 6 weeks old, and originally had two siblings with him but they were adopted out very quickly. At that time he was in his crate by himself but he didn’t seem to bothered. I decided to adopt him and bring him home to his new sister Duchess.

    Gabriel would often cry scream whenever he was left alone or was hungry. He wasn’t a quite boy by any means. It was two weeks before I could really get Duchess and Gabriel to like each other and every night for two weeks Gabriel would cry scream because he was lonely. I sat with him and usually napped around with him just exploring and he would be fine. For Gabriel a lot of it was he had to be contained to one room and he wanted to explore.

    For your kitten I think he’s scared and lonely and the place is too big for him just yet. He has no idea what’s going on and why he was moved. He also was with his siblings and now he has no one. Generally it’s nice to get kittens in pairs because then they can comfort themselves. I only got Gabriel by himself because Duchess needed a playmate. Duchess herself was a rescue. So maybe you could get one of his siblings to join him, and it would make the process a lot easier.

    #654989
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    JenC519
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    I wish I could have adopted them but they were adopted 3 hours before I got there to get Yogi but thanks for the advice

    #654990
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    ladysky61
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    Is the Kitten’s mother feral? He’s probably hissing at you because he hasn’t had much if any interaction with humans prior to adoption. A cat hisses when it is scared of something (or mad, but the kitten is probably just scared). The same thing with the shaking. I suggest putting the kitten is a bathroom, but to visit him often and play soft music when you are away at work to get him used to humans.

    He is most likely crying because he misses his Mommy and littermates and doesn’t know where he is.

    #654991
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    jcat
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    I suggest putting an unwashed shirt or sweater of yours in his box so he can still smell you and be comforted when you’re not there. If you can manage to create or adapt some kind of sling to carry him round with you safely, that’s a good move. I would put the radio onto a gentle talk station (public radio is excellent) when you’re not there so he gets used to human voices. I am going through the same thing at the moment with a foster kitten called Millie, her siblings and mum have just gone back to be rehomed but I’m keeping Millie because she’s severely disabled and not suitable for rehoming, but boy does she scream if she’s not clinging to some part of me, makes it very hard to get work done! Another kitten, doesn’t have to be a littermate, really is the best thing to stop kittens crying for warmth, comfort and attention, they keep each other occupied all day with playing, too. For sleep I think I would give up and stick him on the pillow next to my head at night, quickest way to stop him crying and let you both fall asleep.

    Don’t you adore it when tiny kittens hiss at you, I always want to laugh and say, ‘Okay, tough guy, do your worst, I’m terrified, you scary ball of fluff, you!’ You are gradually socialising him, he will realise in time that you love him and he loves you, at present he is telling you he is scared of you (great hulking human that you are) in the only way he can. His mama taught him that humans are bad, it’s the only way she managed to survive so long. It will pass.

    #654992
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    Emma
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    And please keep us updated.

    #654993
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    JenC519
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    Yogi is doing so much better!! thanks so much for all of your advice!! It really really helped!! He is not really crying at night anymore and he is now playing with all of his toys and not hissing as much. I even heard him purr a little bit today :). I took him to the vet and the doc said he is healthy and is able to get his shots in 2 weeks. Once again thank you all so much and im going to try and post some pics and will keep the updates coming

    #654994
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    Emma
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    Yogi is adorable, and many of us have fallen in love with that little baby…and with you for rescuing him!

    #654995
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    {{{hugs for Yogi}}} Great job, Jenc. Before you know it you’re going to have a little purr monster who follows you everywhere.

    #654996
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    G.V14
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    hI

    im having a really tought decision

    basically my mum’s friend had 5 cats 2 days ago witch is 10/04/11 and As

    I read on the internet.the kitten must be 8 weeks old for me to take them home right?

    But my dad wants to take 1 when hes about 2 weeks or 3 .

    Now he wants to keep him outside in the garden with those kind of boxes for cats, but of course hes ganna put a blanket and cosy stuff.

    But my question is.Should we wait for my mums friend to tell us that the kitten is ready to take home or shall we tell her to give it to us in 8 weeks time(But my dad want to take them when the kitten is 2-3 weeks old).

    So should we take them when there 8 weeks old or when there about 4 3 or 5 weeks old?

    Thanks everyone for the patience and i will post loads of pics as well

    Thanks reply and help PLEASE!!

    #654997
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    Hi G.V14

    You might want to start a new thread so that the largest number of people will see you question. If you go back to the main page of the message board and click Start New you can start a new topic thread.

    My response would be that 2 or 3 weeks is much too young for a kitten to be separated from its mother, except in an emergency when the mother is missing or dead.

    #654998
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    G.V14
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    HI KILROY

    THanks for the reply

    but what if I take him home when hes 5 weeks old? please reply back

    #654999
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    Emma
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    Dear G.V14,

    Tell your dad if he takes home a 2-3 week old kitten, the kitten will most likely die unless he is prepared to give it round the clock and inside the house care. No going outside. No leaving it alone for prolonged periods of time.

    Lots of people want lots of things. They don’t always get them. A kitten under 8 weeks of age is in serious danger of early death. Why can’t he wait for a while?

    And if he does not understand that NO is the proper answer in this case, please give me his phone number.

    I will explain it to him very slowly and carefully.

    #655000
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    Siobhan
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    2-3 weeks is too young to be away from mama. Most kittens aren’t weaned until they’re 5-7 weeks old and that’s still too young to be an outdoor kitty all alone.

    JenC519, how cute is Yogi?! How wonderful that you have a new little life to make you laugh!

    #655001
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    DuchessMom
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    Love your last response Emma!!! Haha

    #655002
    Avatar of gv14
    G.V14
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    HI EMMA

    thank you for you’re response and to everyone

    YES,my dad understands that the best thing to do is wait 8 weeks to take it home

    THANKS TO ALL OF YOU

    #655003
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    Emma
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    Good. Thanks, sweetheart.

    *Emma disassembles her whackbonk stick and flips the keys to the TDK-Mobile into the sugar bowl on the kitchen table. Rotley and Ruggles both look relieved.*

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